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Event for teachers set in August

The North Dakota Forest Service (North Dakota State University) and North Dakota Geographic Alliance (Minot State University) invite K-12 teachers to the 10th Geographically FIT (Forestry Institute for Teachers) titled “Environmental Perspectives” from Aug. 7-10.

Aboard their “classroom on wheels” (charter bus), 50 teachers will visit sites where they’ll participate in experiential learning activities and learn from guest speakers. The educators can expand their knowledge studying how aspects of geology, geography and forests can work together to minimize environmental impacts and land disturbances, as well as improve and protect surface and groundwater. They’ll visit native ecosystems and analyze impacts on water quality, as well as walk through forests and study invasive species.

This four-day professional development workshop has an environmental focus for elementary and secondary school teachers from across the state and will help foster environmental responsibility of natural resources in stewards of all ages. The tour will include the Enbridge Berthold Station, Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge, Feland Farms, Turtle Mountain State Forest, International Peace Garden, Anishinabe Cultural Center on the Turtle Mountain Reservation, Towner State Nursery and Denbigh Experimental Forest.

The concept of teaching the teachers appealed to Enbridge, which awarded the organizers a $10,000 Ecofootprint grant, which is helping to reduce the fees in 2016 and 2017. This allows more teachers to take part in the workshop.

There is a $25 registration fee, and teachers are responsible for their two credits ($100) that can be obtained from Minot State University, North Dakota State University or the University of North Dakota. Registration is open now online at http://www.ndgeographic.org until July 17.

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